David Archuleta Brings Music and Emotion Together in His New Video, ‘Hell Together’

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This past week, American Idol alum (and probably the most famous runner-up after his loss to David Cook on season seven created a viral video sensationDavid Archuleta reminded audiences why he made it so far on the show – and has continued to make stellar music – when he appeared on the show for the first time in a decade to perform his latest single, “Hell Together.”  On Friday, David released the video for the hit song, which debuted at #5 on the iTunes all-genre chart and has already proven to be one of David’s most successful songs to date over his 15-year career.

Of the moving video, David says that it, “is a simple concept to portray the emotions of leaving a place you once felt as your purpose and identity but now no longer do. You know you’re supposed to leave but also feel hesitant and scared to leave a place that was what you knew and was your world. The dancing represents the energy of love that propels you forward into the next chapter of your life. It also represents my mom’s love and passion as she herself is a dancer.” 

David Archuleta
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The song’s evolution is also an interesting one. David shares, “’Hell Together’ is inspired by what my mom said to me after I left my Mormon faith and religion altogether. It was a scary place to leave something that was all I knew and that gave me my purpose to live, but it was something I knew I needed to do as I felt a new sense and purpose for life. A few days after I publicly announced leaving the Mormon church my mom texted me saying she had decided to leave too. I was shocked as she was so devout. I asked what made her feel she needed to leave because she didn’t need to follow my example. She said – “If you go to Hell, we’re all going to Hell with you. We’re a family and we’ll always be there for each other, in good or in bad!” I was really moved by that.” 

“‘Hell Together’ has a gospel vibe to it as it references the roots of church that are still very much a part of what has defined me despite the journey I’ve had of leaving my faith. It has an uplifting energy. Most people within the church would think you feel dark and lost leaving your faith, but that was not the case for me. I felt like I found myself! It’s meant to show the joy and how by leaving my religion is how I found a greater light. And, more importantly, how much it meant to still have a support system of family still there for me so I wasn't alone when at first I believed I was going to be alone.”

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“Hell Together” is available on Spotify or wherever you get your music. Follow David on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and on his website.


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